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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough

I've lived in Fort Worth, Texas for nearly twenty years and names of well-to-do oil families such as The Hunts, The Basses, The Murchisons and The Cullens are frequently spoken of, but I knew very little about the history of these people until I read Bryan Burrough's book, The Big Rich - The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes.

It's hard to tell people about Texas. It is. It's hard to explain what it means to be a Texan. To anyone who grew up in the North, it probably means nothing . . . Folks in Iowa don't strut around introducing themselves as Iowans, at least none I know.
But if you grew up in Texas, as I did, it becomes part of you, as if you're a member of a club.

Bryan Burroughs intersperses the lives of these families, known as the Big Four, with the development of the Texas oil fields. What could be a book of facts thrown on the page is turned into an interesting look at the oil industry along with flowing words and vivid descriptions by Mr. Burroughs. 


Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Oh my Gosh..just reading the words FORT WORTH brought a shiver and took me right back to my childhood when my Dad and I would fight over who gets to read the cowboy books first! Fort Worth appeared in them so often I feel as if I *know* the city, when I've never actually been there!

Judy, South Africa

Nan said...

It truly is a country unto itself, as a Texan friend of mine says.

Miriam Forster said...

That looks fascinating. I'm always interested in how people form a community identity like that. :)

Just dropped by from Sharon's RAOK post to say hi and congrats!